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Ankara, Turkey - Report: Turkish Warplane Shot Down By Syrian Forces

Published on: June 22, 2012 12:48 PM
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Ankara, Turkey - A Turkish air force jet went down in Syrian waters on Friday, but Turkey’s prime minister said he could not confirm media reports that it had been shot down by Syrian forces.

Turkish and Syrian vessels were searching for the plane — which the media identified as an F-4 — and its two pilots, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a nationally televised news conference.

Turkey has joined nations such as the United States in saying that Syrian President Bashar Assad should step down because of the uprising in his country that has killed thousands of people. Turkey also has set up refugee camps on its border for more than 32,000 Syrians who have fled the fighting. That situation generated media speculation on Friday about what the Turkish plane was doing over Syrian territory and whether Syria had shot it down, then apologized.

“I cannot say it was downed, without definite information. It is not possible to say that,” Erdogan said of the plane. He also said he could not confirm that Syria had apologized.

The prime minister held his news conference after returning Friday from a visit to Mexico and Brazil.

Erdogan confirmed that the plane went down some 8 miles (13 kilometers) away from the Syrian town of Latakia over the Mediterranean Sea. “Four of our gunboats and some Syrian gunboats are carrying out a joint search there,” he said.


Erdogan, citing lack of information, said he could not say why the Turkish plane was flying in that area. He said a detailed statement might be issued later Friday following a security meeting with Cabinet ministers and military leaders. The meeting was originally called to discuss intensified Kurdish rebel attacks in Turkey.

In Lebanon, Hezbollah’s Manar TV reported that Syrian forces shot down the Turkish plane, citing unidentified Syrian security sources. Hezbollah is closely allied with Syria. The report could not be confirmed.

The Turkish jet disappeared southwest of the Turkish province of Hatay, which borders Syria, Gov. Ulvi Saran of the southern province of Malatya told Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency. He said it had taken off from a military air base in Malatya.

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 Jun 22, 2012 at 01:08 PM ikleinit Says:

Awesome! Now they can fight each other! I wish them both asach Hatzalcha!


 Jun 22, 2012 at 01:18 PM concerned_Jew Says:

Hang Assad!


 Jun 22, 2012 at 02:38 PM vitriol Says:

Now we see the working of Hashem's ways. Turkey had become belligerant toward Israel and it could have been a dangerous situation. Now they are busy with Syria.


 Jun 22, 2012 at 04:14 PM MarkTwain2 Says:

To 1-3: our job is avodas Hashem and not to be Neviem to prophesize to the nation interpretation on events and Hashems intentions. Even Eldad and Madad who had true nevuah


 Jun 22, 2012 at 04:15 PM MarkTwain2 Says:

To 1-3: our job is avodas Hashem and not to be Neviem to prophesize to the nation interpretation on events and Hashems intentions. Even Eldad and Madad who had true nevuah were faulted by Yehoshua questioning whether all people in our nation could serve as Neveim.


 Jun 22, 2012 at 05:54 PM vitriol Says:

Exactly right. And you are Mark Twain and not Yehoshua. Therefore, it stands to reason that you have absolutely no clue who is and who is not a navi. And anway, the point is moot because it says that chacham can know more than a navi. So it is your yiddishkeit that is off a bit. (its okay, you'll go for another foray in the Old City, get a little dope up and then park yourself again at the nearest Yeshiva for some more free meals)


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